Lakin Ogunbanwo’s photographic installation and film for Galeries Lafayette’s Africa Now season


Lakin Ogunbanwo has just unveiled his special commission for Galeries Lafayette’s Africa Now season. The photographic installation and film is now on view in the windows of the legendary Parisian department store as part of its extensive programme of events, pop-ups, exhibitions and retail offerings celebrating the creative energy of Africa this spring.

The Nigerian photographer - and firm friend of Nataal - has responded to the theme by calling on a cast of his favourite models, including Uju Marshall and Toyin Oyeneye, and utilising objects, textiles and natural ephemera that reflect the irrepressible energy of Lagos such as fishing nets, foliage, gallon cans and wax prints. The resulting hyper bright, graphic images exude the kind of sensual intimacy and confidence that always guide this artist’s eye. “It’s important to me to show a multifaceted Africa by speaking about my Africa,” Ogunbanwo says.  “Drawing from the colours and vibrancy of my city serves as a metaphor for the continent, where many people, cultures and realities all mix and interweave to make one beautiful whole.”

Africa Now runs until 10 June 2017 at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France

Creative direction and photography Lakin Ogunbanwo
Styling Oyinye Fafi Obi
Make-up Odiri
Models Uju Marshall, Toyin Oyeneye, Mannie Be, Gabriel Kas and Dami Oni
Production Funmbi Ogunbanwo
Film direction Wale Davis and Lakin Ogunbanwo
Film editing Kewa Oni, Seun Opabis
Assistants Bolaji and Uche
Published on 29/03/2017